One of my fishing buddies and regular readers had been asking for some fall steelhead streamer patterns. Swinging streamers with a spey rod is absolutely the most exciting way to fish for steelhead. The tug of a steelhead strike is addicting to say the least. Below are a couple of patterns that I have had success with around the Great Lakes.
Hook: #1 or 1/0 Salmon Hook
Tail: Rabbit Zonker
Body: Copper Ice Dubbing
Hackle: UV Polar Flash Olive/Copper
Wing: Rabbit Zonker
Gills: Mallard Flank wrapped twice
Head: Australian Possum spun in a clump
Note: This pattern was based on Kevin Feenstra's Aquatic Nuisance. I tie it without the flashabou wing and add the rabbit strip on top for a wing. Good swung fly for steelhead and king salmon. Experiment with different colors and amounts of flash.
Bottom Pattern: Obsession Minnow
Rear Hook: Stinger hook of choice, tied to front hook shank with heavy braid
Front Hook: #1 Salmon hook cut at the bend, file smooth
Eyes: Small lead eyes or similiar
Body: Olive chrystal chinelle
Wing: Olive Flashabou, 3 strands
Feelers: Olive ostrich spun in a dubbing loop
Hackle: Olive grizzly schlappen
Note: Simple tie that sinks like a rock. Experiment with colors and flash.